Croatia, Romania, Victoria Crews Race UW Saturday in Windermere Cup

May 2, 2001

Windermere Cup Races / Opening Day
Saturday, May 5, 2001

Racing begins at 10:20 a.m. and continues through 11:30 a.m.
Live Race Coverage on KOMO Radio AM 1000 10:40 a.m. -- 12 noon

Bring your portable radios to the Cut. KOMO Radio (AM 1000) broadcasts the Windermere Cup / Opening Day Regatta live as part of its 'KOMO Radio Presents Opening Day '01' for the 15th Annual Windermere Cup Regatta. Husky novice women's coach Eleanor McElvaine joins KOMO's Bob Rondeau, Bill Swartz and Steve Sandmeyer in providing the primary coverage of the crew races. KOMO's coverage of the Windermere Cup begins at 10:40 a.m.

Television Race Coverage on Fox Sports Northwest
Airs Saturday, May 5 at 9 p.m.
additional replays: May 8 at 8 p.m., May 19 at 11 a.m., May 26 at 4 p.m., May 27 at 4 p.m.

Fox Sports Northwest will broadcast a one hour recap of the Windermere Cup Races, with features about Washington rowing and the Windermere Cup participants and festivities Saturday night at 9 p.m. Tod Pickett of Fox Sports Northwest will team up with Elise Woodward and former Washington rowing coach Dick Erickson.

Viewing Locations
Montlake Bridge: The Montlake Bridge, which spans the Montlake Cut race course, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at 9:40 a.m., making it an ideal vantage point to view the races which begin at 10:20 a.m. The Montlake Bridge will be raised at the conclusion of the rowing regatta, shortly after 12 noon, and will remain in the raised position throughout the Seattle Yacht Club's yacht parade, which lasts approximately two hours. Motorists and pedestrians alike will have to use alternate routes.East Montlake Park: Located at the southwest end of the Cut, is a good place to watch the finish of the race, but crowds along the Cut will prevent viewing much more than the last 200 meters of the 2,000-meter race.

The University of Washington Property Along the Cut: The north side of the Cut, or the side nearest the University, is available for public viewing. The east end offers a view of the shells as they enter the Cut. The west end offers a view of the shells as they approach the finish line.

Lake Washington Ship Canal Trail: The Ship Canal Trail, running parallel to the Cut on the south side of the Cut offers a view similar to that on the University of Washington side of the Cut. It is accessible by stairway or trail from the Montlake Bridge, or via sidewalk at the end of Shelby Street near the Museum of History and Industry.Boat Moorage: Tie-up moorage for boats is available on both sides of Montlake Cut, extending from the Cut toward the start line of the race in Lake Washington. Moorage is generally available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but is dependent on boat size as to where on the log boom space is available.

Parking is available in University Parking Lots, for a fee. This includes parking lots around Husky Stadium (E11, E10, E12) and the Montlake Parking Lot (E1) north of the Intercollegiate Athletics and Intramural Athletics buildings.

Cut Closure
The Montlake Cut closes to boat traffic during the Windermere Cup Races and the Seattle Yacht Club Parade of Yachts. The Cut opening on the west end closes to boat traffic at 9:45 a.m. and on the east end at 10 a.m. The Cut reopens to boat traffic at 4 p.m.

A Glance at the 2001 Huskies

Men's Varsity EightThe Huskies return four men from last year's varsity eight that finished fourth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships last year (Tim Lewis, Matt Deakin, Peter Dembicki, Hans Hurn) ... a pair of sophomores, Charles Minett (6) and John Lorton (5) anchor the engine room in the this year's varsity while Dave Calder returns from an Olympic run with Canada ... rounding out the crew are Jon Burns, who moves into the varsity eight for the first time after stroking the varsity four last year and Brendan Patterson, in bow, who moves up from the junior varsity eight.

What They've Done So Far: The men's varsity eight opened with a home dual win over Oregon State before traveling to San Diego for the traditional season-opener ... the Huskies finished second in the Copley Cup grand final, behind defending national champion California ... a cross country trip to Wisconsin saw the Huskies tested by a strong Wisconsin crew that had placed fourth behind UW in San Diego ... it was the Huskies' race in Madison as they edged the Badgers 5:57.5 to 5:57.6 on Lake Mendota ... following that it was the annual dual with Cal, just last weekend, where the Bears bested the Huskies on their home course in Seattle.

Women's Varsity EightThe Husky varsity is made up of five women who helped lead Washington to a silver medal, both as a team and in the varsity eight grand final, at the NCAA Championships last year (Mary Whipple, Nicole Borges, Rika Geyser, Anna Mickelson, Nicole Rogers) ... the remainder of the boat is comprised of newcomer Annabel Ritchie, who joined the Huskies in December and a pair of women who helped lead UW to an NCAA gold medal in the women's varsity four last year as freshmen (Adrienne Hunter, Carrie Stasiak).

What They've Done So Far: The women's varsity eight opened the year with a home dual victory over Oregon State the traditional season-opening regatta, the San Diego Crew Classic, Washington was edged out by USC, by a margin of 6:52.51 to 6:53.03, making it the first time in nine years the Huskies had not claimed the gold medal in the prestigious Whittier Cup ... the Huskies have not lost since, picking up dual victories at Washington State and Wisconsin and at home against California.

Washington Men's Varsity Eight Seat-by-Seat
Cox - Tim Lewis (Sr., Buffalo, NY) Transferred to UW after coxing for two years at Temple University ... was ready to retire from the sport before meeting UW coach Bob Ernst at '99 IRA Championships ... second year as varsity coxswain ... replaced three-year veteran Sean Mulligan.

Stroke - Matt Deakin (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.) Second year in varsity eight ... rowed six seat last year as a sophomore.

7 - David Calder (Sr., Victoria, B.C.) Member of Canadian men's eight in 2000 Sydney Olympics ... crew won the 'B' final ... took junior year off from UW to train with Canadian team ... national champion as a freshman at UW in 1997 ... as a sophomore, won a silver medal with varsity eight at '98 IRA Championships ... bronze medal with varsity eight at '99 championships.

6 - Charles Minett (Soph., Stratford, Ontario) Won a silver medal in freshman eight last year ... relatively new to rowing, making place in varsity boat impressive accomplishment ... began rowing only several months before coming to school at UW.

5 - John Lorton (Soph., Seattle, Wash.) Won a silver medal in freshman eight last year ... Junior National Team sculler as a high schooler, so was new to team rowing as a freshman last season.

4 - Peter Dembicki (Jr., Mill Bay, B.C.) Second year in varsity eight ... grandfather rowed double sculls and won a bronze medal in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and has given the medal to Pete, who says it is his inspiration.

3 - Hans Hurn (Sr., Redmond, Wash.) UW legacy ... father, Cliff Hurn, was a prominent rower nationally and for UW from 1969-72 ... sister Heidi, who was an NCAA gold medalist as a freshman, rows in the UW women's junior varsity eight this year ... silver medalist as a freshman in '98, bronze medalist with JV eight last year.

2 - Jon Burns (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) First year in varsity eight ... formerly a bicycle racer ... talented artist ... winner of Chuck Holtz Memorial Scholarship at Class Day this year (awarded to a top rower from the state of Washington).

Bow - Brendan Patterson (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) First year in varsity eight ... bronze medalist in JV 8 at 2000 IRA Championships.

Washington Women's Varsity Eight Seat-by-Seat
Courtesy of Anna Mickelson - Varsity rower and UW Media Relations Intern

Cox- Mary Whipple (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.) began in the sport of rowing seven years ago wanting to be a rower. After realizing she was a bit smaller than the rest of the team, she was coerced into coxing. She went on to cox the U.S. Junior National team in 1998, win a national championship in 1999 for the Huskies in the varsity four, and win the varsity coxswain position in 2000, helping lead the crew to an NCAA silver medal and the Henley Prize. She will pursue a spot on the National Team again this summer.

Stroke- Lauren Estevenin (So., Bothell, Wash. / Fublaines, France) Competed against Whipple, as she was a member of the French Junior National team in 1998. After moving to Washington with her family, she has since won a National Championship in the Varsity Four and eagerly filled the big shoes of four-year varsity eight stroke Sabina Telenska. Estevenin leads the varsity boat with determination and skill, even though she is only a sophomore. She also hopes to compete on the U.S. National team this summer, as she is a dual citizen.

7- Nicole Borges (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) energizes this years team with her vigorous personality, holding nothing back in her senior year. Seeking her first national championship ring, Borges encourages the young varsity crew with her speed and skill. She overcame many illnesses this fall, including tonsillitis (she even had her tonsils removed), only to bounce back stronger and more determined. She will continue rowing this summer looking for a place on the Canadian National team.

6- Anna Mickelson (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.) Wanted to run track for the Huskies like her brother, but found that her 6-foot-tall body type was better suited to that of a rower. After the typical Washington training, she has won a gold medal at the Nations Cup (summer, 2000), the Henley Royal Regatta, and a National Championship in the Varsity four as a freshman. She is part of the engine room (five and six seats) in this year's boat and looks to row with the U.S. National team again this summer.

5- Rika Geyser (Sr., Pretoria, South Africa) Holds the position of team captain and most inspirational team member. This senior humbly serves her team with her strength and power. Previously a member of the track team at Wichita State University, Geyser took her knowledge of interval training and applied it to the sport of rowing. She will train with the South African National team after graduation this summer.

4- Adrienne Hunter (So., Toronto, Canada) Rapidly picks up new skills as one of three rookies in the varsity eight. Hunter is recovering from a case of pneumonia last week, but her lively attitude hides it well. She won an NCAA Championship in the Varsity Four as a freshman last year ... has dual citizenship in Canada and US.

3- Carrie Stasiak (So., St. Catherines, Ontario) Shows no fear as a sophomore in the varsity eight. Smiling at each assignment, Stasiak gives 100 percent in each workout, proving her seat each day. She won a National Championship in the Varsity Four last year.

2- Nicole Rogers (Sr., Larkspur, Calif.) Is the team Commodore this year, rounding out the group of three varsity seniors seeking their first national championship. As a zoology major, she loves animals ... Rogers competed for the U.S. Junior National team in 1997.

1- Annabel Ritchie (New Zealand) joined the Washington team this winter after a recommendation from her sister who competed in the Windermere Cup for New Zealand in 1999. Annabel competed herself for the New Zealand National team from 1997-2000. Ritchie's strength, length, and skill in the bow seat blend well with the Washington style.

More Windermere Cup Notes

Dave Calder, a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic eight, remembers racing the Croatian men last summer in Sydney. While Canada won the B final, the Croatian men's eight returned home with bronze medals.

With three Canadians in the women's varsity boat this spring, senior Nicole Borges and sophomores Adrienne Hunter and Carrie Stasiak, the rivalry between the University of Victoria and the University of Washington intensifies. Washington won its fall match-up with Victoria at the Head of the Lake regatta, but the pressure is still on to prove Washington's ownership of the Henley Prize in this replay of the tight grand final race at the Henley Royal Regatta last summer.

Mary Whipple, Anna Mickelson, Lauren Estevenin and Annabel Ritchie have each previously raced crews from Romania. Whipple coxed the Junior National Team eight in 1998. Mickelson stroked the four to gold at the Nation's Cup last summer, nine seconds ahead of the third place crew from Romania that featured Alina Lozneanu, Simona Strambeschi, Crisanda Aura Popa, and Monica Sinica. Both Popa and Sinica are here this week for Windermere Cup.

Annabel Ritchie will race in her first Windermere Cup regatta, but she isn't the first in her family to do so. Kate Ritchie, Annabel's younger sister, came as part of the New Zealand eight for the Windermere Cup in 1999. After Kate's experience, she returned to New Zealand and encouraged Annabel to attend school at the University of Washington. Annabel transferred to Washington this past winter and earned a spot in the varsity eight to race this spring for the Huskies.

Washington Varsity Lineups (tentative and subject to change)

Men's varsity eight
Cox- Tim Lewis (Sr., Buffalo, NY) Transferred from Temple, Varsity cox 2000
Stroke- Matt Deakin (Jr., San Francisco, Calif.) Rowed six seat in varsity 2000
7- Dave Calder (Sr., Victoria, B.C.) Member of Canadian Olympic eight in Sydney
6- Charles Minett (So., Stratford, Ontario) First year varsity member
5- John Lorton (So., Seattle, Wash.) First year varsity member
4- Peter Dembicki (Jr., Mill Bay, B.C.) Rowed four seat in varsity 2000
3- Hans Hurn (Sr., Redmond, Wash.) Rowed bow seat in JV eight at 2000 IRA
2- Jon Burns (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) Stroked varsity four last year
Bow- Brendan Patterson (Jr., St. Louis, Mo.) Rowed seven seat in JV eight 2000

Women's varsity eight
Cox- Mary Whipple (Jr., Sacramento, Calif.) Varsity coxswain last year
Stroke- Lauren Estevenin (So., Bothell, Wash. / Fublaines, France) Stroked NCAA champion varsity four, 2000
7- Nicole Borges (Sr., Mississauga, Ontario) Third year varsity eight member
6- Anna Mickelson (Jr., Bellevue, Wash.) Won Nation's Cup 4 for U.S., summer 2000
5- Rika Geyser (Sr., Pretoria, South Africa) World Indoor Rowing Champion, 2000
4- Adrienne Hunter (So., Toronto, Canada) Bow seat in champion varsity four, 2000
3- Carrie Stasiak (So., St. Catherines, Ont.) Three seat in champion varsity four, 2000
2- Nicole Rogers (Sr., Larkspur, Calif.) Third year varsity eight member
Bow- Annabel Ritchie (Jr., Blenhiem, New Zealand) Transferred to UW this winter, rowed with New Zealand national team'98-2000

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